I totally buy the mind body connection explored here and grew up in a home where my doctor father and mystic mother always talked about it so this book and his theories felt right and familiar The book was a sequence of cases that were illuminating and interesting. This was an incredibly difficult book to read, page for page I imagine it would be so if you are dealing with one of the many illnesses Mat discusses cancer, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc But it was a great choice to end the year with, to contemplate during a week off from my emotionally heavy and increasingly draining work Mat makes connections between physical health and emotional patterns of behaviour that should be obvious, but are overlooked by our current collective way of living Alarming for what it says about health and the shortcomings of modern medical systems Insightful on a personal level I hope to carry this fresh perspective with me into the new year.His In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts Close Encounters with Addiction is a book I recommend often in real life I would be careful recommending this one, and I don t necessarily agree with every idea outlined therein, but consider it important, perhaps. In This Accessible And Groundbreaking Book Filled With The Moving Stories Of Real People Medical Doctor And Bestselling Author Of Scattered Minds, Gabor Mat , Shows That Emotion And Psychological Stress Play A Powerful Role In The Onset Of Chronic IllnessWestern Medicine Achieves Spectacular Triumphs When Dealing With Acute Conditions Such As Fractured Bones Or Life Threatening Infections It Is Less Successful Against Ailments Not Susceptible To The Quick Ministrations Of Scalpel, Antibiotic Or Miracle Drug Trained To Consider Mind And Body Separately, Physicians Are Often Helpless In Arresting The Advance Of Most Of The Chronic Diseases, Such As Breast Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn S Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, And Even Alzheimer S DiseaseGabor Mat Has Found That In All Of These Chronic Conditions, There Is A Common Thread People Afflicted By These Diseases Have Led Lives Of Excessive Stress, Often Invisible To The Individuals Themselves From An Early Age, Many Of Us Develop A Psychological Coping Style That Keeps Us Out Of Touch With The Signs Of Stress So Called Negative Emotions, Particularly Anger, Are Suppressed Dr Mat Writes With Great Conviction That Knowledge Of How Stress And Disease Are Connected Is Essential To Prevent Illness In The First Place, Or To Facilitate HealingWhen The Body Says No Is An Impressive Contribution To Current Research On The Physiological Connection Between Life S Stresses And Emotions And The Body Systems Governing Nerves, Immune Apparatus And Hormones With Great Compassion And Erudition, Gabor Mat Demystifies Medical Science And, As He Did In Scattered Minds, Invites Us All To Be Our Own Health AdvocatesExcerpt From When The Body Says NoOnly An Intellectual Luddite Would Deny The Enormous Benefits That Have Accrued To Humankind From The Scrupulous Application Of Scientific Methods But Not All Aspects Of Illness Can Be Reduced To Facts Verified By Double Blind Studies And By The Strictest Scientific Techniques We Confine Ourselves To A Narrow Realm Indeed If We Exclude From Accepted Knowledge The Contributions Of Human Experience And Insight In William Osler, One Of The Greatest Physicians Of All Time, Suspected Rheumatoid Arthritis To Be A Stress Related Disorder Today Rheumatology All But Ignores That Wisdom, Despite The Supporting Scientific Evidence That Has Accumulated In The Years Since Osler First Published His Text That Is Where The Narrow Scientific Approach Has Brought The Practice Of Medicine Elevating Modern Science To Be The Final Arbiter Of Our Sufferings, We Have Been Too Eager To Discard The Insights Of Previous Ages Finally, a book by a conventional Western doctor wholeheartedly supporting the concept of the body as a holistic organism It s about time.Dr Mate describes, in layman s terms, the newly combined medical discipline called psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology the inextricably interconnected systems of psychology, neurology, immunology and endocrinology and describes how underlying, ongoing, unconscious stress is directly linked with specific disease This book is a wake up call for anyone facing or worried about getting cancer and other heredity diseases In it you will find the seeds to healthprovided you are willing to examine how your lifestyle and current coping skills are directly affecting your health.You don t have to be a ticking time bomb Genetics don t determine your risk, the petri dish of your inner and outer life does This book is a timely examination of the environment in which disease thrives and how we can make our bodies a less welcome environment for ill health.As someone dealing with physical, mental and emotional burnout, I highly recommend this book as an antidote for the effects of long term stress and an optimistic view of what you can do to counter the affects of everyday stress on your health. A real eye opening book about how stress and anxiety wear down the immune system and contribute to a host of illnesses I didn t need to be sold on the connection, because it makes perfect sense to me, but I was glad to read the whys and wherefores In the last chapter the author gives some advice as to how to confront the stress patterns that plague many people This is well worth a read if you are interested in the mind body connection and the medical research that backs it up. This is the third book by Gabor Mate I ve read The idea is that many common illnesses cancer and auto immune diseases, to name a couple of wide categories are related to specific kinds of stress In other words, while there may be an environmental or genetic component, the physical causes are not the most important He thinks there is reason to believe that people from certain types of family backgrounds, living certain types of lives, will be likely to acquire certain types of health conditions.You can see how this might be somewhat controversial, and indeed, he mentions that some people have become very angry when hearing about or reading the book It can sound like blaming the patient or blaming the patient s family This is honestly not his point, though He wants people to realize that there is to physical health and disease than physical reasons that the mind and body are interrelated and affect each other in ways we don t fully understand To illuminate the point, he discusses many, many case histories not just people with peeudonyms from his practice, but also well known people like Stephen Hawking and Gilda Radner My father was a physician, and though I don t know what he would have thought specifically about the details of Mate s argument, I do know that he saw and thought about the emotional mental elements in both disease and healing While emotional causes probably do not explain everything there is to know about medical pathology, I think it is fairly obvious that our backgrounds play a part in how our health history looks. Another keeper from one of my favourite authors Dr Mate has many examples to make clear the connection between repressed emotions and disease A reminder that you cannot fool Mother Nature by living in denial. Repression stress lowered immunity as a trigger for disease, make sense and has been discussed before A person only has to live through one major, stressful episode in his her life to attest that the link between these is real The author states repeatedly that it is only one of several contributing factors, however, like the majority of traditionally trained medical doctors, he ignores some very important ones parasitic activity in our bodies, solvents and other toxins that have become omnipresent in our daily environment and food, nutritional deficiencies and stresses due to a modern diet extremely high in sugars fat and low in fiber, lack of enough exercise, harmful effects of over vaccination in recent decades, disappearance of life sustaining minerals in our food supply due to industrial farming techniques, et al I agree with most points the author made and the book is easy to follow But I found it a little too simplistic in its reasoning Some of the research used for evidence is questionable The subjective answers or lack thereof people give in study groups are not necessarily conclusive At the same time, one should never make conclusions about the lives of famous people based solely on the opinion of a biographer or sibling who wrote about them after they were dead The chapter about MS where the author parrots the ramblings of Jacqueleine duPre s jealous sister in her controversial biography, was disappointing I had less respect for the author s words after that. Well, I m new to this site I m currently reading another of this author s books, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, about addiction So I was reminded of the important role this book has played in my life I read When the Body Says No shortly after being diagnosed with a life threatening autoimmune disease It s scleroderma, one of the illnesses he talks about Doctors encouraged me to make peace with life, as well as to stop working immediately I didn t have long, they said I had a highly stressful job but I thought my coping mechanisms were working They weren t But after leaving my job some of the symptoms diminished I m not saying this book saved my life but it caused me to rethink the relationship between stress and illness And, well, I ve survived five years past the doctors best guess as to my expiry date p.s The book doesn t get five stars because it does get a wee bit dry and unnecessarily detailed on occasion But I adore this man I highly recommend his In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. One of my concerns when I started reading this book was whether he would adequately address the idea of personal blame I was pleasantly surprised on his clear distinction between blaming someone for their illness versus looking at larger dynamics that can add an increased risk to autoimmune disorders He is fully in the latter category, not at all the former In other words, he s not simplistic in his approach and does not say just If this, then that I appreciated how he walks the reader through the various connections and humanizes it with personal stories of his patients I learned a lot about the role of cortisol production in our bodies and want to read on this now My mother died of a very aggressive cancer a year ago but was the healthiest person in terms of food and exercise in our family by far I ve been left with many questions about why she died this way despite her great health and this is the first book that has given me any solid scientific explanation for other emotional dynamics that might have contributed.
Gabor Mat is a Hungarian born Canadian physician who specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and is also widely recognized for his unique perspective on Attention Deficit Disorder and his firmly held belief in the connection between mind and body health.Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1944, he is a survivor of the Nazi genocide His maternal grandparents were killed in Auschwitz when he
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